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may excepts to feed on her deal for the moment but remains determined to -- seize control of brexit. clear winner in thailand's first election since the military cuop five years ago -- military coup five years ago. as donald trump hits back at his opponents, we get the reaction to the mueller report. there has been a further escalation in the stage of fire across the gaza-israel border. this comes afte israeli jets hit the office of the hamas leader. israel also mobilized ground forces near the gaza border. reports claim that a cease-fire has been broken by egypt. but reports of explosions continue.
a rocket fired from gaza struck a home in central israel wounding seven people. >> israel will not tolerate this. i will not tolerate this. as we speak, as i told you, mr. president just now, israel is responding for sleep to this wanton aggression. i have a simple message to israel's enemies -- we will do whatever we must do to defend our people and defend our state. faucet so does the latest from the israel- gaza border. of ater: despite reports cease-fire and announcements of a cease-fire coming from senior high moss officials one of them said on tuesday the ministries and schools would be open again inside gaza. there has been continued strikes coming from the israeli side, and indeed, rockets fired out of
gaza territory as well. we heard some intercepted near our position near the northern area of the gaza border in israeli territory and we can still hear strikes in the background. that is the message that we are getting for my colleagues inside gaza, after this 10:00 p.m. local time cease-fire declared by hamas there were israeli strikes continuing and we have seen rockets coming out of gaza. all of this following what happened, a rocket fired out of gaza, hitting in israeli family, seven members injured. benjamin netanyahu promising forceful reaction to that. the middle of a hard-fought election in which he has been criticized by his main challenger the former israeli army chief for his gaza policy, not containing hamas. so, we were expecting a forceful and major israeli military
operation, multi-story building, housing what the military says wee the -- were the hamas internal security and an insurance building which was said was a secret base for the military intelligence among other services as well as -- the political leader of hamas, his office building. three major targets already destroyed inside gaza. the army was promising there was more to come. >> our correspondent was at the scene of one of the airstrikes in gaza. the result of is one of the israeli airstrikes that had the residential building in central gaza. the first floor of the building host of the headquarters of an insurance company. the top floors were residential apartments which had been fully destroyed. the residents had hardly any time to escape the strike, fleeing minutes before was
destroyed by israeli jets. the house was at first by a number of drone missiles. then israeli jhets fully destroyed -- jets fully destroyed. ambulance services ever ride. this area is full of residential buildings. hitting such buildings in central gaza is a sign of escalation. >> al jazeera political analyst joins us now from dohar. we're speaking about reports confirmed by palestinian sources of a possible cease-fire in gaza. that has been contradicted by the ongoing explosions. is there much appetite for a border conflict in the area? >> well, i would say, there are three possible scenarios for the israelis. one, that they would actually accept an egyptian mediation for a cease-fire which means -- this puts israeli security in egyptian hands. while the president is from the two israel, -- to israel, israel
never accepted to have a security put in the hands of a foreign nation. that also, in a way, means that israel could no longer, under any pretext, intervened in gaza, perhaps even in the west bank because then hamas or rihaad would retaliate. the second scenario for netanyahu, who's besieged by this escalation, is that he will go on bombing hamas in various parts of gaza, which will lead to retaliation from the palestinian factions. a real bindt him in because neither will he be able to contain gaza, nor stop the possibility of rockets over israel. the third scenario, which is the most romantic one, -- the most dramatic one, and must involve ground troops and continues been bargaining.
he might win the battle for now and he would certainly lose the war and lose israeli public opinion come april 9. so, really, he does not have that many good options. three options, the sweetest among them is quite bitter. >> when netanyahu's opponent taunts him for not being tough enough on hamas, how much does that increase the pressure on netanyahu to flex his muscles? reporter: well, just for a moment, so, this whole conversation about how gantz is a softy is all b.s. at the end of the day he was a part of a number of military campaigns, including the latest one in gaza. and, for now, for him to be really pushing netanyahu for more dramatic, escalation first
of all, it shows how right wing this alternative is for the premiership and it shows how israeli leaders are quite cynical when it comes to innocent lives. i think, at this point in time, netanyahu and gantz care less for lives in gaza and in theytine in genearral as compete for the premiership. but, what we know for sure is that netanyahu has been our prime minister for 10 years. and gantz had been chief of staff for a number of years of the military army. neither of them was able to bring israelis security or peace. both of them have failed. neither israeli leader has answers for israelis or for the palestinians. >> thank you very much.
our senior political analyst joining us there. thank you. the launch of the airstrike aim as the united states officially recognized israel's claim to sovereignty over the golan heights. trump signed a proclamation after meeting benjamin netanyahu . this areaeesized and 1967 and has occupied it ever since. .n. secretary in new york is watching the situation in gaza with great concern. the stagesarned that of a new conflict, a new conflict now underway. >> the secretary-general is gravely concerned by the latest developments regarding gaza. today's firing up a rocket towards israel is a serious and unacceptable violation. we are also aware of the latest reports of firing on gaza. and are monitoring events. we are to exercise maximum
restraint. james: the moment the secretary-general and spokesman was briefing reporters, president trump was signing his declaration recognizing israel i's sovereignty over the golan, a direct challenge to the consensus on the issue. >> to the secretary of general it is clear that the status of golan has not change. the u.s. policy is reflected in the resolutions of the security council. james: you may notice a reticence to criticize president trump, even though there is little doubt his proclamation is in breach of international law. this be difficult issue for the u.s.'s close allies on the security council that meets to discuss israel and palestine on tuesday. since the start of the trump administration, the council has allow the u.s. to lead diplomacy but there is growing unease among diplomats. on gaza, don't expect any action other than councilmembers adding for wereices to calls straight. anyolan, do not expect
action. other council members are very unhappy about president trump's decision, but even if they wanted to come up with a statement condemning it, the u.s would block it. ♪ voting british mp's are on a crucial amendment that would see parliament take control of brexit from the primaries are. the motion put forward by rebel mp's once parliaments to hold an indicative vote to see if there is a support for an alternative for theresa may's brexit deal. may admitted she did not have enough support to pass the full agreement in parliament. >> i continue to believe that the right path for it is for the united kingdom to leave the e.u. as soon as possible with a deal on the 22nd of may. it is with great regret that i perhaps conclude that i -- as
things stand, there is not sufficient support to bring back the deal for a third vote. i continue, i continue to have discussions with colleagues across the house to build support so that we can bring the vote for this weekend guarantee brexit. the government made a commitment that we would work across the house to find a majority on a way forward. >> let's go live to our reporter outside parliament. mp's are voting on whether parliament should take control of the process. what is the significance of these proceedings tonight? >> well, it may appeal a very dry and procedural but it could have big implications on the brexit battlefield in the coming days, possibly in the coming weeks as well. mp's are voting on two amendments, the most prominent of the two is the oliver -- that would allow mp's to have
indicative votes on wednesday. that means casting votes on a whole range of different possible brexit scenarios including potentially further delays to brexit. another e.u. referendum, a softer brexit than the one proposed by theresa may that . having athe u.k closer alignment to the customs union and the single market. mp's are saying they want to wrest some of the power away from the government and they do not believe that given theresa may's inability to get a deal to get a deal plus she is capable of being able to do it a third time. we are literally seconds away from finding out what the result of that amendment is. mp's at the moment are gathered in a very packed chamber. the speaker of the house is about to call -- >> the ayes to the right,
329. the nos to the left, 302. reporter: the nos to the left, 302. ,o, the mp's have backed brexit in the brexit indicative vote plan. that is something of a shakeup for the british government. mp's have now decided to take things into their own hands. parliamentary procedure on friday will be dominated by mp's deciding exactly what they believe should be th forward plan fore brexit in the coming future. so, a blow for theresa may's government in this result. >> a blow for the government and the expectation has been for a while now that theresa may's days are numbered. what are the implications of all this for the government? it is not over for theresa may nor her
government. there has been some speculation that if mp's decide to coalesce over an alternative plan to theresa may steal, that a softer, that it could in theory spook some of the hard-line brexit tears within her own party that have been unwilling to back the prime minister into backing it. who knows? we may see a situation where theresa may feels more confident to put her deal ahead of parliament for a third vote. we imagine that would probably take place at least on thursday. a day after the indicative vote. nothing is clear. she has been under a tremendous amount of pressure from hard-liners within her party to come up with a timetable for her departure. there is a feeling amongst those hard-liners it's probably better to have somebody else at the helm of the party going into the next stage of brexit negotiations, but some of those hard-line brexiteers change
their tune monday saying they would stand by the prime minister, primarily because pretty much the arithmetic -- is the same whoever is leader of the party. it is a minority government that relies upon votes from the unionist party who have resisted supporting the plan. a new prime minister would also a parliament that is leaning towards remain. so, the challenges would not go away if there is a new prime mister. >> thank you very much, all the latest outside parliament following a significant vote that that has left the prime minister's authority and general control over the brexit process in tatters. still ahead, an emotional goodbye to the volunteer who died trying to help after the iraq ferry disaster. and there is anger in afghanistan after the u.n. finds that a u.s. airstrike on
saturday killed 13 civilians. ♪ >> welcome back. a recap of the top stories. has carried out airstrikes across the gaza strip and 10 rockets are launched from the strip into southern israel. latest reports claim a cease-fire has now been brokered by egypt, but reports of explosions are continuing. now, british prime minister theresa may has suffered another defeat in parliament tonight, as mp's vote to take control of the brexit process. they have done this with a much bigger margin than expected.
twoin other stories, rival camps in thailand's first elections have both said they are trying to form a coalition government. both parties accusing the other of cheating. >> the morning after the much-anticipated elections, the people were still waiting for results from the election commission. they had to wait almost 24 hours after the polls close. to results had the opposition party winning 137 seats in the house. with the military backed party at 97. but the military also -- elected a 250 member senate. the key number to form a government is 376 in both houses. results are due db to land later in the week. but they have entered into discussions about forming a coalition. on the streets of bangkok, a
mixed reaction. >> whoever is in charge has to watch their back because there will be opposition second call for a vote of no-confidence. >> if the government -- that's good for us. if us, we choose our own future. >> we have to except whatever happened yesterday. in the new generation like me we have to look forward. reporter: the election commission received hundreds of complaints. it will take some time for them to investigate those irregularities. official results be announced on may 9. some analysts feel in this election the military entered new territory. >> this is the first time in the contemporary era that you see ho w the military success in the game of election. it marks a new era, because now the pro-democracy will have less legitimacy. to criticize the junta.
the political landscape appears to have change in other ways. one of the newest parties, future ford, which campaigned thailande equal to hi has enjoyed success with young voters. s leaderr party headead it resign. >> now a funeral has been held in iraq for another victim of last week ferry disaster as well as the dozens of passengers who drowned, three rescuers also died in the tigris river. reporter: mohammed was like many other iraqis, displays from his home by years of conflict and struggling to find work. but these people gather to offer condolences will remember the heroic actions of a 24 summiyear old in the store near circumstances.
historic. circumstances. mohammed volunteered he borrowed money to take it acta taxi to the accident site. >> saying i'm going father and mother with a smile. notas as if he knew he was coming back. he could not help seeing all those people drowned and not doing anything about it. so, he acted spontaneously. since he was a little kid he was always brave and helpful to others. reporter: without any diving gear, mohammed told 8 bodies from the cold river while battling against a strong and unforgiving current. mosul emergency responders were overwhelmed by the scope of the ferry accident. they lacked equipment and manpower. officials were so desperate for assistance they put out a call for volunteers. two of those volunteers including the helmet drow -- including the homage round.
drowned.ing mohammed he was overcome with emotion. >> it inspired me to go to the river and retrieve this hero to return him to his family and the people of mosul. everyone is so proud of and. reporter: dozens of people are still missing. each day since the accident, families gather outside the morgue, hoping the next body brought in will be their loved one. most of the victims were women and children as young as two years old. >> they are stripped from the simplest of their rights to have closure. i'm afraid the longer sees missing remain at the bottom of the river, the bodies will decompose beyond recognition. therefore we will have to go to the next stage which is dna testing and it will take months. reporter: in a city riven by sectarian violence, mohammed's familiey hopes his death will
become a symbol of unity. u.n.e plenary finding of a investigation and northern afghanistan has found that a u.s. airstrike on saturday killed 13 civilians, mostly children. the airstrike follow the taliban raid that killed six afghan and american soldiers. charlotte: what is left of one man's life on the back of a truck. i'd the blankets, tiny casualties of the gaff afghan w. 15 children and three adults were killed in an airstrike on saturday morning. >> it was around 1 a.m. on friday when the plane bombed the area. 13 people were killed, the victims from my aunt's family, my cousins and their daughters and grandchildren. all my family. reporter: in afghanistan, so many people are dying in airstrikes in all areas, farm
trucks are often used to bring bodies into the towns. this was two weeks ago. in a nearby province following an airstrike three weeks ago. u.s. forces said they did not assess civilian casualties yet these people blame the u.s. chanting death to america. >> the government is saying they did not do this. it is not their job. the say it is the u.s. our government is backing the u.s. reporter: but americans are being killed, too. the latest airstrikes in kunduz were ordered hours after two u.s. soldiers were killed there by along with four afghan commandos on a joint operation against the taliban. u.s. forces say they were acting in self-defense and take every measure to prevent civilian casualties in contrast, they say to the taliban who intentionally hide behind women and children. the u.s is investigating the
strike. the u.n. once the findings published in compensation paid to the victims. air strikes are an increasing problem in afghanistan. u.s. forces relaxed their rules of engagement last year removing certain proximity requirements for airstrikes. the result, according to the u.n. was the deaths of 393 civilians, more than double the year prior, more than 2014 and 2015 and 2016 combined. 2/3 of the dead were women and children. >> they were not al qaeda, they were from this nation. we asked theke, government, why we killed? reporter: the u.s. and taliban continue to negotiate an end to the 17 your. -- 17 year war. both sides fighting for leverage in the talks. in the middle lie these children still in the pajamasas they we
steves: london is growing, and its underground is growing with it. historically, most london attractions have been contained within its downtown circle line, but there's a new tube network emerging, and it's clear -- london is shifting east. each morning, a thunderous high-tech workforce surges into a district called the docklands. once a gritty industrial harbor, then a neglected no-man's-land, today the docklands has been transformed. it fills a peninsula created by a bend in the thames with gleaming skyscrapers
springing out of a futuristic people zone. canary wharf tower is one of the mightiest skyscrapers in all of europe.. workers enjoy good public transit and plenty of green spaces for relaxing. the entire ensemble sits upon a vast underground shopping mall. in the 1700s, the thames riverfront was jammed up with shipping in downtown london while this end of town was an industrial zone with the stinky industries -- glue making, chemical works, and so on -- conveniently located just downwind from the rest of the city. in order to relieve all the congestion in downtown london, they decided to replace the industries out here with what became the world's ultimate port. the docklands organized shipping for the vast british empire. evoking the days when britannia ruled the waves, the old west india warehouses survive. but rather than trading sugar and rum,